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Three Dominguez dingers
help Louisville down Milwaukee
Illinois upsets LSU; Clemson wins at UNC;
Georgia loses no-no in ninth
In Louisville, Ky., Chris Dominguez launched
three home runs and drove in nine, both career highs, as
Louisville powered past Milwaukee 19-6 Friday in the UBS
Cardinal Classic at Jim Patterson Stadium. Dominguez went deep
in each of his first three at-bats, hitting a solo shot in the
second, a grand slam in the third and a three-run blast in the
fifth for a 14-2 lead. He added an RBI single in the eighth to
drive in the final run for the Cardinals (6-4). Justin Marks
(1-1) earned the win, going six innings with four hits, two
unearned runs, three walks and a career-best 11 strikeouts.
Andrew Clark had three hits and knocked in four for Louisville.
Andy Gerhartz had a single, double and triple for the Panthers
Illinois 3, No. 1 LSU 1
In Baton Rouge, La., Aaron Johnson’s two-run
homer with two outs in the ninth carried Illinois past LSU in
front of 10,246 fans at Alex Box Stadium, ending the 25-game
regular-season win streak for the Tigers (9-1). Casey McMurray
reached on an error in the ninth and moved to second on a sac
bunt before Johnson’s dinger brought him home. LSU had two on
with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Nick Chmielewski
fanned the final two Tigers for his second save. Phil Haig
started and allowed one run on eight hits in seven innings for
the Illini (6-1). Brandon Wikoff walked and scored for Illinois
in the first. Nicholas Pontiff homered in the fifth to knot the
score at 1-1. Pete Cappetta went 2 for 3 for the Illini. Sean
Ochinko had three hits for the Tigers.
No. 19 Clemson 5, No. 2 North Carolina 4 (10)
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Matt Sanders’ sac fly was
the difference as Clemson edged UNC in front of 2,211 fans at
Boshamer Stadium in the ACC opener for both teams. Boyd drew a
one-out walk in the 10th for the Tigers (1-0, 6-2), moved to
second on a base hit by Kyle Parker, advanced to third on a walk
to Jeff Schaus before coming home on a fly to right by Sanders.
A two-run homer by Schaus highlighted a four-run second for
Clemson. The Tar Heels (0-1, 8-2) answered with three in the
bottom of the frame, capped by a two-run single by Ben Bunting.
Levi Michael’s homer in the seventh knotted the score at 4-4.
Tomas Cruz (1-1) earned the victory, going three relief innings
with one hit, no runs, no walks and four strikeouts. Sanders and
Parker both finished with two hits for the Tigers. Bunting had
two hits for UNC.
No. 4 Georgia 7, Quinnipiac 0
In Athens, Ga., Trevor Holder (3-0)
tossed seven hitless innings with three walks and seven
strikeouts as Georgia blanked Quinnipiac at Foley Field. The
Bulldogs (10-0) have the best start in school history. Dean
Weaver surrendered two hits in the ninth to the Bobcats (0-4) -
one each for Ben Farina and Mickey Amanti. Colby May went 3 for
4 with a homer, double and four RBI. Johnathan Taylor stole
three bases and scored three from the leadoff spot. Starter
Georgia has now won 10 straight in the series. Bulldog lefty
Alex McRee has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and will miss
Saturday’s start. He will be reassessed on a weekly basis.
No. 3 Texas 6, No. 24 Stanford 2
In Stanford, Calif., Chance Ruffin went the
distance as Texas topped Stanford at Sunken Diamond. Ruffin
(3-0) allowed four hits and one earned run with three walks and
seven strikeouts. Travis Tucker and Brandon Belt both had three
hits for the Longhorns (11-0). Tucker homered in the first to
start the scoring. Tucker’s two-run single sparked a three-run
second as Texas took a 4-0 lead. After the Longhorns added a run
in the fourth, Jake Schlander’s RBI single put the Cardinal
(2-7) on the board. Joey August singled and scored in the sixth
for Stanford before Texas added its final run in the ninth.
No. 5 Arizona State 12, Holy Cross 1
In Tempe, Ariz., Andy Workman knocked in four to
lead ASU past Holy Cross in front of 3,160 fans at Winkles
Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Jason Kipnis homered in
the first and Jordan Swagerty went deep in the second for the
Sun Devils (10-1). ASU took control with a four-run third,
capped by Workman’s RBI single. Matt Newman (1-0) fanned eight
in six innings with three hits and one run. Jack Laurendeau had
two hits for the Crusaders (0-7).
No. 6 Texas A&M 7, Utah 2
In College Station, Texas, Brooks Raley earned
his third win and went 4 for 4 with three runs as Texas A&M
topped Utah in front of 4,867 fans at Olsen Field. Raley (3-0)
had eight strikeouts in six innings with five hits and two runs.
Raley had a single and scored in a two-run first for the Aggies
(10-2). Kevin Hussey drove in a run in the second for the Utes
(5-5) before Caleb Shofner’s homer in the fourth made it 3-1.
Raley tripled and scored in a two-run fifth as A&M took a
four-run lead. C.J. Cron homered for Utah in the sixth, but the
Aggies added single runs in the sixth and seventh to complete
the scoring. Luke Anders had two hits and one RBI for A&M. Nick
Kuroczko finished with three hits for the Utes.
No. 7 Rice 2, Washington State 1
In Houston, Brock Holt scored on a
passed ball, and Jeremy Rathjen was hit by a pitch with the
bases loaded as Rice rallied to score twice in the bottom of the
ninth to edge Washington State at the Rice Invitational. Matt
Way held the Owls (7-3) in check with no earned runs and two
hits through eight innings before running into trouble in the
ninth. The Cougars (3-6) failed to turn two earlier in the
inning and Way ended up suffering the loss with two unearned
runs. Rathjen had the only two hits for Rice. Patrick Claussen
drove in the lone run for WSU.
No. 8 Cal State Fullerton 15, Southern Miss 2
In Hattiesburg, Miss., Josh Fellhauer and Jared
Clark both homered and drove in three as Cal State Fullerton
whipped Southern Miss in front of 4,011 fans at Pete Taylor
Park. Fellhauer homered and Joe Scott added a three-run triple
in an eight-run second. Clark’s two-run blast came in a five-run
third as the Titans (7-2) built a 14-0 lead. Nick Ramirez and
Dustin Garneau both went deep in the third. Fellhauer finished
with four hits and three runs for Fullerton. Brian Dozier and
Corey Stevens both had a hit and an RBI for the Golden Eagles
No. 9 Miami 7, NC State 6 (12)
In Coral Gables, Fla., Jason Hagerty hit a game-winning two-run
homer as Miami rallied past NC State at Alex Rodriguez Park at
Mark Light Field. The Hurricanes (1-0, 8-2) scored two in the
eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings. Harold
Martinez and Nathan Melendres each had a pair of RBI. Kyle
Bellamy threw three innings of relief and allowed no earned runs
for the win. Kyle Rutter allowed just one hit in three innings,
Hagerty's long ball, but took the loss for the Wolfpack (0-1,
7-3). It broke their seven-game winning streak. Wade Moore went
2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI for the Pack, including a
run-scoring single in the 12th.
No. 10 Florida State 4, Boston College 1
In Tallahassee, Fla., Sean Gilmartin went eight innings and
allowed just one run on three hits as FSU topped BC at Dick
Howser Stadium in the ACC opener for both clubs. Jimmy Marshall
earned his second save by striking out the side in the ninth.
Mike McGee finished 2 for 3 with a two-run homer and two runs
for the 'Noles (1-0, 7-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Barry Butera provided the only offense for the Eagles (0-1, 8-3)
with a solo shot in the second.
No. 11 UC Irvine 13, UAB 5
In Waco, Texas, Brock Bardeen homered twice and
set a QTI Baylor Classic record with seven RBI as UCI outscored
UAB at Baylor Ballpark. Bardeen had a three-run homer in a
five-run first and his grand slam keyed a six-run second as the
Anteaters (6-3) built an 11-2 lead. Francis Larson added a
two-run homer in the ninth for UCI. Jonathan Merritt, Brint
Hardy and Allen Aubin each had two hits for the Blazers (3-5).
Cody McMurry had a homer for UAB.
No. 12 Georgia Tech 5, Maryland 1
In Atlanta, Ga., starter Deck McGuire (2-0) pitched 6.2
scoreless innings and scattered five hits with eight strikeouts
at Georgia Tech topped Maryland at Russ Chandler Stadium in the
ACC opener for both teams. The ninth batter, Jay Dantzler,
collected two hits, including a two-run homer in the fourth, as
the Yellow Jackets (1-0, 7-1) took a 5-0 lead. Mark Pope picked
up his third save. Scott Swinson took the loss for the Terrapins
(0-1, 4-5) as he gave up five earned runs over five innings.
Mike Murphy and Will Greenberg - hitters four and five - went a
combined 4 for 7 for Maryland.
No. 13 Baylor 14, South Alabama 4
In Waco, Texas, Aaron Miller went 2 for 3 with a
homer and four RBI as Baylor bounced USA at the QTI Baylor
Classic. Miller’s three-run blast capped an eight-run fourth as
the Bears (8-2) took a 14-2 lead. Dan Evatt added two hits, two
runs and two RBI for Baylor. Sean Laird (2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI) led
the offense for the Jaguars (5-5).
No. 14 Oklahoma State 7, Oregon State 5
In Palm Springs, Calif., Doug Kroll went 3 for 4 with four
RBI, and Andrew Oliver won for the third time this season (and
eighth straight decision overall) as Oklahoma State stopped
Oregon State at the Palm Springs Invitational. Tom Belza went 4
for 5 with two runs and a RBI, and Dean Green went 2 for 4 with
a homer and two RBI for the Cowboys (8-1). Oliver allowed three
runs on six hits and struck out seven in six innings. Stefen
Romero had two hits and two RBI for the Beavers (5-3).
No. 15 TCU 6, Wichita State 5
In Fort Worth, Texas, Matt Vern’s three-run homer
highlighted a four-run eighth as TCU rallied past Wichita State
at Lupton Stadium. With one out in the eighth, Jason Coats
doubled and Taylor Featherston walked to set the table for Vern,
who tied the game at 5-5. Corey Steglich had a two-out double
followed by a run-scoring single by Ben Carruthers to give the
lead to the Horned Frogs (7-2). The Shockers (6-3) got their
first two on in the ninth, but Erik Miller retired the final
three hitters for his first save. Coats and Steglich both had
two hits for TCU. Josh Rosecrans went 3 for 4 for WSU with a run
and an RBI.
No. 16 Coastal Carolina 12, Albany 0
No. 16 Coastal Carolina 9, Stony Brook 0
In Conway, S.C., Coastal Carolina pitchers
allowed four hits in 16 scoreless innings at the Carevelle
Resort Classic. Five hurlers fanned 18 for the Chanticleers
(10-1). Anthony Meo (3-0) struck out eight in five innings with
three hits in the opener against the Great Danes (1-5). Tyler
Bortnick went 3 for 3 with two RBI, while Evan Noell was 3 for 4
with two runs and two RBI. Ryan Gugel had a double for Albany.
The game was called in the seventh due to the 10-run rule. Cody
Wheeler (2-0) allowed one hit in seven innings with five
strikeouts in the nightcap. Adam Rice homered to start the
scoring in the third. Bortnick’s bomb in the fifth gave the
Chanticleers a five-run lead. Gilmore’s three-run shot in the
sixth made it 9-0. Pat Cantwell had the lone single for the
No. 17 Pepperdine 15, Evansville 5
In Malibu, Calif., Ryan Heroy went 3 for 3 with
four RBI as Pepperdine got past Evansville at Eddy D. Field
Stadium. Nate Simon’s two-run homer capped a three-run first for
the Waves (8-2). Pepperdine added five in the second on its way
to a 13-0 lead after five. Trentt Copeland and Alex Acheson both
had two hits for the Purple Aces (2-7).
San Diego State 6, No. 18 San Diego 4
In San Diego, Cory Vaughn’s three-run homer in
the bottom of the 10th rallied SDSU past USD at Tony Gwynn
Stadium. The homer was the first hit for the Aztecs (6-5) since
the third inning. Sean Nicol had an RBI single in the top of the
10th for the Toreros (7-5). Brandon Decker and Mitch Blackburn
started the bottom of the 10th with walks. After a strikeout,
Vaughn’s blast gave the win to the Aztecs. Vaughn finished with
two hits and four RBI. Nicol had three hits and two RBI for USD.
No. 20 Ole Miss 20, Vermont 4
In Oxford, Miss., Kevin Mort had four hits, three
runs and five RBI as Ole Miss outscored Vermont at
Oxford-University Stadium. Zach Miller (2-3, 3 RBI) and Jordan
Henry (3-5, 3 R, 3 RBI) both had big bats for the Rebels (5-3).
Mark Micowski singled and scored on a base hit by Ethan Paquette
in the first for the Catamounts (0-4). Henry doubled and scored
in the three-run first for Ole Miss. Jeff Nolet homered in the
second, while Micowski doubled and scored in the third to tie it
at 3-3. Dave Soltis doubled and scored in the fourth to put the
visitors on top 4-3. Henry’s two-run single in the bottom of the
frame put the Rebels in front to stay. A nine-run sixth put the
game away for the home team. Micowski finished with four hits
and two runs for Vermont.
No. 21 Florida 10, Duquesne 5
In Gainesville, Fla., Josh Adams
blasted two home runs and accounted for four RBI and three runs
as Florida doubled Duquesne at McKethan Stadium. Matt den Dekker,
Avery Barnes and Preston Tucker each had two hits for the Gators
(7-4), which took a 3-0 lead in the first. The Dukes (0-9) came
back with four runs of their own in the next inning before
Florida outscored them 5-1 for the rest of the game. Leadoff man
Anthony Manley led Duquesne by going 3 for 4 and Bill Torre and
Matt Carson each hit a homer and drove in two.
No. 22 Oklahoma 6, UCLA 5
In Norman, Okla., a three-run homer by Bryant
Hernandez capped a six-run sixth as Oklahoma edged UCLA at L.
Dale Mitchell Park. The Bruins (2-8) scored single runs in the
first and fourth before Aaron Baker’s leadoff homer started the
rally for the Sooners (10-3) and the blast by Hernandez gave OU
a 6-2 advantage. Cody Decker had a two-run homer in the seventh
and Gino Aielli added a solo shot in the eighth for UCLA, but
the Bruins could not plate the equalizer. Baker, Kaleb Herren
and Matt Harughty each had two hits for the Sooners. Casey
Haerther scored twice for the Bruins. Andrew Doyle (2-1) earned
the win despite hitting seven batters. He went 6.1 innings with
three hits, three earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts.
No. 23 East Carolina 18, Le Moyne 9
In Statesboro, Ga., Ryan Wood drove in four to
lead ECU past Le Moyne in the Holiday Inn Eagle Invitational at
J.J. Clements Stadium. Wood had three hits, including two
doubles and a home run. Dustin Harrington and Brandon Henderson
both had three RBI for the Pirates (7-1). Leadoff hitter Trent
Whitehead reached five times with four hits and a walk and
scored three. ECU scored six in the bottom of the fifth to snap
a 9-9 tie. Matt Nandin went 4 for 5 with two runs for the
Dolphins (2-4). Matt Marra went 3 for 5 with a homer, two hits
and two RBI for Le Moyne.
No. 25 Cal Poly 13, Houston 5
In Houston, Matt Jensen had four hits, two runs
and three RBI to lead Cal Poly past Houston at Cougar Field. J.J.
Thompson had three hits and drove in two for the Mustangs (7-1).
Cal Poly scored three in the second, four in the fourth and
three in the sixth to take control. Caleb Ramsey had three hits
for the Cougars (2-9). William Kankel had two hits and two RBI
Central Arkansas 9, Stephen F. Austin 0
In Nacogdoches, Texas, Jeremy Cloud tossed a
one-hitter and faced the minimum 27 as UCA blanked SFA at
Jaycees Field in the Southland Conference opener for both clubs.
Cloud (2-0) allowed one base-runner, a leadoff single by Joe
Staley in the fifth. Staley was erased on a double play. Cloud
threw 91 pitches and 69 were strikes. He fanned five Lumberjacks
(0-1, 3-7) and went to two-ball counts on four hitters, the
first not coming until the fifth. The Bears (1-0, 7-2) scored
single runs in the second, third and fourth before a three-run
sixth put UCA in control. Dillon Smith drove in three, while
Josh Huffman went 3 for 5 with two runs.
UTSA 11, Southeastern Louisiana 10
In San Antonio, Jose Hernandez tied a school
record with three home runs, including a two-run game-winner
with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to cap a five-run
rally, as UTSA edged Southeastern Louisiana at Roadrunner Field
in the Southland Conference opener for both teams. A three-run
shot by Hernandez in the first gave the Roadrunners (1-0, 7-3) a
4-2 lead. His solo shot in the third pulled UTSA to within one
at 6-5. Ryan Boudreaux struck out a career-high 14 in eight
innings for the Lions (0-1, 6-4). Trailing 10-6 heading to the
ninth, Matthew James and Marshal Davis started the rally with
base hits. After a strikeout, Brett Aguilar had an RBI single.
Michael Rockett’s run-scoring double and a sac fly by Clay
Schrader made it a one-run contest, setting the stage for the
game-ender by Hernandez. Rockett finished with two hits and two
RBI. Justin Boudeaux went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI
for the Lions.
The Citadel 12, Elon 8 (11)
In Charleston, S.C., Bryan Altman had a
game-ending grand slam in the 11th as The Citadel outlasted Elon
in Southern Conference action at Riley Park. Altman had three
hits and five RBI for the Bulldogs (1-0, 3-5). The Citadel
rallied from a 7-2 deficit with four in the eighth and one in
the ninth to force extra innings. David Greene had an RBI single
to spark the eighth-inning uprising, and his run-scoring single
in the ninth tied it at 7-7. The Phoenix (2-1, 4-3) took a
one-run lead in the 10th on an RBI single by Justin Hilt. Nick
Orvin drew a leadoff walk and scored on an error in the bottom
of the frame to keep the game going. After Elon was retired in
order in the top of the 11th, Johnny Dangerfield had a one-out
single in the bottom of the frame and moved to third on a double
by Jordan. After an intentional walk to Orvin, Altman went deep
to end the contest. Orvin had two hits and three runs for the
Bulldogs. Zeth Stone went 3 for 4 with two runs for Elon. Mike
Lobacz had two hits and three RBI for the Phoenix.
Auburn 11, Brown 2
In Auburn, Ala., Auburn hit five homers,
including four in a seven-run first, as the Tigers battered
Brown at Plainsman Park. Brian Fletcher hit two and drove in
four. Joseph Sanders smacked his seventh, the top total in the
nation. Trent Mummey and Casey McElroy also went deep for Auburn
(6-4). Ryan Zrenda and Dan Shapiro both had a hit and a run for
the Bears (1-2).
Hawaii 7, Mississippi State 4
In Honolulu, Vinnie Catricala hit a three-run
game-winner in the bottom of the ninth to lift Hawaii over
Mississippi State in front of 2,498 fans at Les Murakami
Stadium. Greg Garcia and Kolten Wong drew two-out walks before
Catricala’s blast ended the contest. The Rainbows (4-6) scored
four in the second before the Bulldogs (8-2) battled back. MSU
got a run in the third before Ryan Duffy had an RBI single in
the fourth and a two-run homer in the sixth to even the score at